Re: windows 7 hp o/s
have no idea how they managed it, but I attempted to clone the partition using a Linux livecd, and ended up with two non- bootable partitions. I made sure all the flags were the same and everything. According to google, a lot of people had run into the exact same thing, and the word going around was that it was some sort of security feauture, though nobody could figure out how it worked. You might be able to get away with using something such as norton ghost though, but I highly recommend just backing up your data and doing a flat install from the recover disc.
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